AR RAMADI, Iraq —
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Division, and Task Force
222nd Field Artillery (TF222FA) coordinated and carried
out the release of seven
local Iraqi citizens being held at Abu Ghraib
prison for various minor crimes against Coalition forces
Working closely with local
government and tribal leaders, TF222FA commander Lt.
Col. Richard Miller and his Coalition counterparts
were able to secure their release. Under an agreement
made with the mayor of Al Anbar Province and local
sheiks the U.S. agreed to release these men on good
Under armed guard
and with strict security in place the seven men were
transported to Forward Operating Base Ramadi. They were
then transferred into the custody of TF222FA who took
them via armed escort to the Ar Ramadi city government
center. There they were met by the governor and their
local tribal leaders. Once the final paperwork was
finished, they were released and told they were being
given a second chance at becoming viable members of
are returning these men to their homes and families with
the hope that they will help to build a safe and secure
city," Miller said. "We want to work with the local leaders to develop
trust between the Iraqi people and Coalition
“These Iraqi men
have a served their prison sentence commensurate with
their crimes and are now being released to their tribal
leaders and given a fresh start,” Miller added.
Photo by Maj.
Lt. Col. Miller,
standing, and other members of the Coalition forces
delegation assist prisoners with
documents prior to
their release in Ar Ramadi.
Photo by Maj.
A local Iraqi is met
by his sheik on
the day of his release from prison
in Ar Ramadi, Iraq,